Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

George III mahogany serving table

Mahogany table sold by Winchester Cathedral stars in our pick of six auction highlights

28 January 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a George III mahogany serving table that made over 40-times estimate at Bellmans in West Sussex.

Louvre

Louvre and Sotheby’s team up to trace provenance of artworks bought by museum during Second World War

25 January 2022

The Louvre has agreed a partnership with Sotheby's to research the provenance of artworks acquired between 1933-45 by the museum.

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Bumper sales totals reveal Dreweatts now takes top spot in the regions

24 January 2022

Auction figures for firms outside London show a shake-up of the status quo

Japanese Meiji 10-yen coin

Pick of the week: Meiji 10 yen pattern coin takes £260,000

24 January 2022

Rare Japanese Meiji gold coin emerges at auction in West Sussex

Lion statue

Arundel Lion ready to roar again in a new home

24 January 2022

The so-called Arundel Lions were once a well-known landmark in Sheffield.

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Swords of honour: a presentation trio

24 January 2022

A Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund sword of £100 value took the honours at a Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) sale of arms and armour.

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Dealer labels mark a sign of approval

24 January 2022

Francis Towne watercolour was one of his many works to have gone through Agnews

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It’s a Harry Potter shocker at Heritage

24 January 2022

Bidding on an exceptionally fine, virtually mint first edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone offered in the special Firsts into Film section of a December 9-10 sale opened at $75,000.

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Weapon owned by tragic 1912 Antarctic explorer makes eight-times estimate in Kent

24 January 2022

A sword sold at Kent auction house C&T (22% buyer’s premium) belonged to a British Antarctic explorer who died in 1912 – but not with Robert Falcon Scott.

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A Rackham wonderland at Sotheby's online auction

24 January 2022

Offered at Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) in an online sale that ran until December 1 under the title of The Fantasy World of Arthur Rackham was a collection of 31 original ink and watercolour artworks by the artist from the collection of American photographer Shirley Carter Burden (1908-89).

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How to accessorise in the arms and armour market

24 January 2022

Arms and armour sales often throw out interesting talking points in the way of accessories.

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Buyer chases down Russian dagger

24 January 2022

The surprise lot at the sale held on December 11 by Ripon auction house Elstob & Elstob (22% buyer’s premium) was this 19th century Russian hunting dagger.

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Large George Bissill group provides mine of information

24 January 2022

A significant collection of works by George Bissill (1896-1973), the Derbyshire miner who enjoyed some fleeting success as an artist in the 1920s-30s but who later died largely forgotten, emerged recently at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) in Oxford.

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French auction sales firmly show recovery from Covid

24 January 2022

Auction totals for 2021 underline the strong recovery since the start of the pandemic

Portrait of John James Hardy

Will buyers look to reel in Hardy of Alnwick memento?

24 January 2022

Angling and fishing fans will be familiar with the firm Hardy of Alnwick. In 1872 William Hardy set up shop as a gunsmith.

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Stand-out lots from the treen scene

24 January 2022

A selection of these functional but fascinating objects that have appeared at recent sales

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Image of Mickey Mouse challenging pirate to a duel offered at Heritage Auctions

24 January 2022

A rare black and white Disney production image of Mickey Mouse will feature as one of the highlights in the Animation Art auction at Heritage in Dallas from February 4-7.

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Distinctive William Wood miniatures emerge in Buckinghamshire sale

24 January 2022

Estimated at just £60-100, a pair of Georgian portrait miniatures sold online for £2900 at Amersham Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) on January 6.

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Tokens provide a rich seam of lots

24 January 2022

Handed in by miners at the start of a shift in exchange for a Davy lamp, colliery tokens, tallies or checks provided vital information in the event of fire or explosion.

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Latest appointments at Sotheby's, Phillips and Freeman's

24 January 2022

Phillips has appointed Jean-Paul Engelen to the newly created role of president, Americas. In addition, he will continue as worldwide co-head of 20th century and Contemporary art.

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